OAKLAND -- A woman who had been celebrating her youngest child's fifth birthday and a man who had just left a party were shot to death within four hours Friday night in East Oakland, and police said Saturday they were investigating a third homicide near Jack London Square and three other shootings.

The woman killed Friday was identified as Jokay Ellis, 32.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Carter, 31, the father of the child, was later arrested on suspicion of murder after he called police and admitted shooting her, authorities said.

Ellis was shot about 7:47 p.m. Friday in a bedroom of her home in the 10300 block of Longfellow Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Besides her 5-year-old daughter, she also has a 15-year-old daughter, police said. The children were in the house when the shooting happened but did not witness it, police said.

Investigators said Ellis and Carter, who told police he also lives at the house, had been celebrating their daughter's birthday when they got into an argument and Ellis was shot.

It was not clear what the argument was about. Police said the couple has a history of domestic violence.

Officer Steven Bang said Carter fled the house but called police moments later, admitting what he did and where he was.

He was arrested in the 1800 block of 109th Avenue and told police where he had discarded the gun, which was recovered.


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The children were being cared for by relatives.

Authorities said the killing was the 10th this year linked to domestic violence.

The other shooting that claimed the life of a 39-year-old man and left a 53-year-old man wounded happened about 11:44 p.m. Friday in the 5400 block of East 16th Street at Seminary Avenue.

The name of the dead man was not released because relatives have not been located.

Officer Leo Sanchez said the two men had just left a party in the area and entered the older man's car when a gunman approached and opened fire. The 39-year-old man died at the scene and the other man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

Sanchez said police do not have a motive yet for the attack and no arrests have been made.

Sanchez did say there have been several nonfatal shootings in the same area in recent months and police are trying to determine if there is a connection between those and Friday night's.

Police investigated a third homicide Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of 3rd Street around 2:45 p.m. Officers found Michael Taylor, 24, with gunshot wounds.

There are no motives and no suspects in Taylor's shooting.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in Taylor's death.

In addition to the homicide, three other shootings occurred in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, though none of the male victims had life-threatening injuries.

There is $15,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the East 16th Street case.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. Tips can also be sent anonymously via text message. Text to 888-777 and include the words TipOaklandPD.